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Sunday’s Best: Rush

posted November 20, 2011, 9:55 pm by Brian Rutherford | Filed Under Music News, Sunday's Best | comment 3 Comments

Tags: Best Of, Rush


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Interview: Warbeast

posted November 20, 2011, 11:50 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under General Interest, Interviews, Tour | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Every Time I Die, Pantera, Warbeast, Gwar


Interview by Special Guest Correspondant Megan Radke

Recently local Dallas metal band Warbeast got the opportunity to open for both Gwar and Every Time I Die.  I had a chance to chat with their frontman, Bruce Corbitt, prior to their show at the House of Blues in Dallas. We talked everything from touring, to GWAR, to albums, to the band’s history with southern metal legends, Pantera.

How long have you guys been on this tour? How has it been so far?

 

It’s been about a week and a half now. We’ve done about eight shows so far. Its been great. It’s definitely the best tour we’ve ever been on as far as the crowds we get to play in front of. We’re really excited about that.

 

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Show Review: Phantogram

posted November 19, 2011, 11:28 am by Carina | Filed Under Music News | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Live Show Review, Music News, Phantogram, EXITMUSIC


I apologize in advanced. I did not take any pictures at this show! Ok, I lied. I took 3, but the lighting was not right, and I was fine with that. Sometimes it is nice to attend a concert and forget about technology for 2 hours.

NYC’s EXITMUSIC took the stage around 8pm and opened with “The Sea”, which is off their debut EP, From Silence. They didn’t interact much with the crowd and quickly went into “The Modern Age”. Lead singer, Aleksa Palladino has a very distinct and haunting voice.  I look forward to hearing more from this duo, since their current EP only has 4 tracks.

Seeing Phantogram at Maxwell’s was a treat. They can easily sell out larger venues across the river in NYC, but decided to play for 200 people in New Jersey (even though Sarah said it is nice to be back and playing in New York City). It’s ok. We forgive you.

Phantogram added their own light show to spice up the usual bland lighting Maxwell’s provides. They played a nice mix of new songs, such as “16 Years”, “Make A Fist”, “Dont Move”, and “Nightlife” which was part of the encore. “Don’t Move” has been added to my list of favorite Phantogram songs. “Mouthful of Diamonds” was played early on in the set along with “You Are the Ocean”, “As Far As I Can See”, “Turn If Off”, and “Bloody Palms”. The crowd kept yelling for “When I’m Small”, which they played right before the encore.

Overall, Phantogram put on a fantastic live show. Seeing them live made me appreciate their newest album, Nightlife, a lot more.

Artist Update: Wiz Khalifa

posted November 19, 2011, 11:01 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Music News | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Rolling Papers, Snoop Dogg, Mac and Devin Go To High School, Wiz Khalifa


Has anyone else been curious about Wiz Khalifa lately or is it just me? The mixtape trend in hip-hop has been in practice long enough now to leave its mark. It has affected not only this genre, but rock and pop also. The time when an artist or band only releases new material every year or two is quickly coming to an end. Fans now expect their favorites that they look up to constantly be on the grind, putting out new music. So even though Wiz dropped his debut album for Atlantic this year, Rolling Papers, and has been touring the world, I for one have been hoping he would give us an early Christmas gift.

I guess wishes do sometimes still come true! The first bit of news I have is a new song that has appeared online called “Dessert“. I will give you one guess as to what his favorite dessert is! It is a very short tune with an accompanying video shot in the studio, directed by Bill Paladino. The other news is related to the upcoming movie with Snoop Dogg, Mac and Devin Go To High School. They have an accompanying soundtrack, and will also be touring together briefly. In preparation, they have treated us with a new single featuring none other than Bruno Mars, called “Young, Wild & Free”. The tour dates listed below are quickly approaching, and the soundtrack is scheduled out December 13th.  Also listed is another song from the movie, which actually premiered last year.

Wiz Khalifa and Snoop Dogg’s “High School” Tour Dates – Venues List

Dec. 5: New York, N.Y. (Terminal 5)
Dec. 6: Philadelphia, Pa. (Electric Factory)
Dec. 7: Washington, D.C. (9:30 Club)
Dec. 10: Atlanta, Ga. (Tabernacle)
Dec. 12: San Francisco, Calif. (The Warfield Theatre)
Dec. 13: Los Angeles, Calif. (The Wiltern)

Show Review: Young The Giant

posted November 18, 2011, 6:35 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Music News | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Young The Giant, Young The Giant


Video and Review by Mark Ambrose

Young The Giant may not be a band you have heard of or maybe it is! Microsoft & Windows have teamed up with multiple artists besides YTG like Matt & Kim, The Drums, and MuteMath to play acoustic jam sessions at their Windows Phone launch events taking place around the country. At the Dallas event last night, some people that were at the event had no clue as to who YTG was but were persuaded by friends to come check out the show as they had seem them before and were fans of their music.

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Florence + the Machine “No Light, No Light”

posted November 18, 2011, 12:33 pm by Carina | Filed Under Music News | comment 1 Comment

Tags: General Interest, Editorial, Florence and the Machine, Ceremonials, Music News, Video


It is no secret that Florence + the Machine have been working full time since the announcement of their sophomore album, Ceremonials. In late August the video for, “What the Water Gave Me” hit the internet showing us a behind the scenes look at the recording of the sophomore album. In October, with the album release just weeks away, the video for “Shake It Out” had Florence trying to shake the devil off her back during a haunting masquerade.

Now a month later, Florence + the Machine have released the video for a slightly shorter version of “No Light, No Light”, which shows Florence holding onto the side of a building in NYC, while a Vodouisant pokes pins in a doll representing Welch. Eventually Welch falls from the building, but is saved after she shatters through stained glass windows into a church.

The single, “No Light, No Light”, will be released on January 16th. What do you think of the video?

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Show Review: Ellie Goulding, Band of Skulls, and Jake Troth

posted November 18, 2011, 11:33 am by Carina | Filed Under Music News | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: General Interest, Ellie Goulding, Live Show Review, Music News, Jake Troth, Band of Skulls


Rising Icons and Grey Goose hosted a private concert Thursday evening in Brooklyn at SouthPaw. My quick twitter skills guaranteed me a ticket into the event to see Ellie Goulding, Band of Skulls, and Jake Troth. Yes, Grey Goose hosted the event, so drinks were free all night. Read more

Artist Update: Curren$y

posted November 17, 2011, 11:45 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Music News | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Jet World Order, The Stoned Immaculate, Weekend At Burnie's, Re-Conversionalize, Covert Coup, Curren$y


Does it seem like almost every other week, we are updating you about Curren$y? That’s probably because the emerging New Orleans hip-hop star doesn’t know how to take a break! Still hot off the heels from releasing his major label Weekend At Burnie’s and currently touring in support of it, the MC has just dropped a new single, “Luxury Sport“.  It was originally to be part of an upcoming compilation album with fellow Jet Life Recording artists, Trademark Da Skydiver & Young Roddy, called Jet World Order, scheduled to release on November 29th. This track features Jet Life Recordings protege and newly inked Mikey Rocks, from hip-hop group the Cool Kids. The song and beat in the background is “Run” by Ghostface Killah. You will find the track listing below, but it didn’t make the cut.  You can download it from here.

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Live (online) MXPX

posted November 17, 2011, 11:12 am by Brian Rutherford | Filed Under General Interest, Music News, Releases | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: MXPX, Life In General


TO CELEBRATE THE 15-YEAR ANNIVERSARY
OF THE BAND’S THIRD ALBUM “LIFE IN GENERAL” WITH A LIVE STICKAM.COM PERFORMANCE ON NOVEMBER 19

Special “Life In General” Anniversary Pricing Available at: www.mxpx.com/store

Los Angeles, CA, November 16, 2011 – In support of the 15-Year Anniversary of the release of their third album, Life In General, MxPx has teamed up with Stickam.com to bring their fans to one online location on Saturday, November 19 for an acoustic performance by the band’s frontman and bassist, Mike Herrera. The live set will provide fans the chance to reminisce with Herrera as he sings a handful of tracks off the album in addition to hosting an open Q&A after the live set for all fans to take part in. Fans can log onto www.stickam.com/mxpx, starting Saturday, November 19 at 5:30 pm PST/8:30 pm EST, with the live set kicking off at 6 pm PST/9 pm EST.

In addition to the performance, MxPx will be offering the album Life In General through their website (www.mxpx.com/store) exclusively on November 19 for only $5. Also available is a special pre-order bundle package that includes a physical copy of the band’s new DVD, Both Ends Burning, and a copy of Life In General for $15, which will last until December 8. Also, for the first 100 fans that order the DVD+LIG pre-order package from the website, they will receive a free signed limited edition poster.

The music of Bremerton, WA-based punk trio MxPx has been known for its ability to unite formerly distinguished fan bases such as the skate/surf community and the punk underground. MxPx used this wide variety of fans as a catalyst for the release of Life In General in 1996. That was the bands first mainstream success to date with tracks, “Chick Magnet” and “Move To Bremerton,” having launched them to the top of the alternative charts in 1996. After 19 years and nearly 2.5 million records sold worldwide, MxPx looks to continue paving the way for pop punk music with the release of their ninth album slated for early 2012.

MxPx is Mike Herrera [vocals, bass], Tom Wisniewski [guitars], and Yuri Ruley [drums].

www.mxpx.com
www.facebook.com/mxpxpx
www.twitter.com/mxpx
www.youtube.com/mxpx

R.I.P. CD

posted November 17, 2011, 8:07 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Music News | comment 11 Comments


The compact disc has been with us since the early 1980′s, and were originally only used for storage and playback of audio.
Later they evolved to also store data, but they didn’t start to have major mainstream adoption by consumers until the early 1990′s. It was the CD that marked the dawn of the digital age, not Napster or iTunes. While many bloggers have proclaimed it’s death since blogs were created, a new report recently released says it may indeed be imminent. Online music magazine Side-Line has went on record that major labels like Sony, EMI and Universal plan to stop the production of CDs by the end of 2012. The report goes on to state that physical cd’s would only be created for special releases.

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